Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Tour Review: Ivy Entwined

Ivy Entwined
A Something to Celebrate Novel
By:  Laura Simcox
Entangled Edge

Blurb

When Ivy Callahan returns to her hometown as mayor, she doesn’t expect much to have changed. But now her ex-fianc√© is the town planner, the biggest business is closed, and the only store interested in Celebration, NY is a Megamart. On top of it all, the liaison for the big, bad, box store is Marcus Weaver, her childhood crush. And he’s still as dangerously delectable as ever.

Marcus unwillingly spent his teens in Celebration with his vindictive, drunken uncle. As far as Marcus is concerned, the town’s only use is to cement his rise up the corporate ladder. He needs that Megamart opened, and Ivy is his ticket. But the sexy, stubborn mayor could also be his downfall.

As the unemployed townspeople put on the pressure, Ivy needs to do something. With a fresh downtown-renewal project in the works, Ivy could stop Marcus and his Megamart before they kill the town’s spirit. But with sparks flying between Ivy and Marcus, they each need to decide what’s more important: their careers or their hearts.

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About the Author

After spending twenty years in professional theater as a costume designer, Laura abandoned the nomadic lifestyle to sit in a comfy pleather office chair at a beat up ginormous second hand oak desk and write. The result? Romance novels! Her favorite thing ever since she was, oh, about twelve. She is thrilled to be counted among the romance authors of this world and enjoys reading all genres. She writes contemporary, light novels and enjoys creating quirky characters and funny dialogue. Sometimes it's even juvenile dialogue, but hey, who couldn't use a dose of silly humor every now and then? Still, the love story is the focus and Laura has a huge soft spot for a sappy, happy ending.
Laura lives in North Carolina with her husband (true love is real!!!) and her adorable, high energy four year old son who is currently obsessed with pirates. And that's cool, because she loves 'em too.

Visit Laura at: http://www.laurasimcox.com

Look for fun new titles from Laura coming soon!
- Something to Celebrate series from Entangled Edge
- Various States of Undress Series from Avon Impulse

My Rating: 4 Cogs

My Review:

Every so often, everyone needs a little taste of small town sweetness, and this book definitely has it.  As I'm from a small town myself, I can easily understand how quickly the rumour mill can pump out information that you would normally never want someone to know, so I found the insane speed that the town learned all about anything that Ivy and Marcus were up to, strangely easily believable.  I can remember a few times in my past where I wasn't even able to get all the way home before my family had already heard all about my day's adventures, so seeing this small town in action really made me feel a bit homesick for my own small town.

As far as the characters went, this book has a fantastic cast.  Not only are Ivy and Marcus well developed and easy to root for, I found favourites in some of the oddest places.  Ivy's grandmother!  Wow, is that lady a firecracker!  I absolutely loved her grandmother and all her foul-mouthed quirkiness.  I also found Preston strangely appealing.  Even with his privileged attitude, it seemed as if there was a little bit more behind his story that just wasn't yet told.  Out of everyone, I really hope to read more about Preston, if nothing else but to crack his elitist attitude.

The story line in this book is solid, and as many other Entangled books, has a feeling as if this story could actually happen.  This is a quality that I look forward to whenever I pick up an Entangled book, and I was not disappointed.  The characters are normal people.  They have normal problems, and they have their flaws, just as we all do.

Overall, this is book is a fun contemporary romance that I would recommend to any of my romantic readers.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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